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We have only a simple message for you -- explore your options. You are at an incredible point in your lives, the beginning of a new journey, and so forth. You’ve probably heard such truths more than enough times from more than enough people in the past weeks, and these reminders will continue as you move through MIT.

And they weren’t kidding. The next week will be fun. You’ll be taking part in an ongoing experiment, the latest step in the evolution of Orientation activities, for the benefit of the Institute and for you. There will be parties, not the least of which will be the grand East Campus and West Campus celebrations. Please do not think for a second that these Cantabrigian hemispheres represent all your options. Take the time to meet people from all over. The Institute boasts 11 undergraduate dormitories, any of which might be a wonderful fit. Explore as many of them as possible, meet their residents, and see where you feel comfortable. When fraternity and independent living group rush begins in September, and sorority rush later in the term, you’ll have even more to explore, and more to eat.

Another part of finding your own niche at MIT is choosing activities and classes, and ultimately your major. Attend the Activities Midway, and not just for the free toys and food. Talk to members of the many groups represented at midway. Listen to the passionate way in which they talk about their activities. Use the midway to find something, or many things, to get excited about and stick with them. You will cherish the break extracurriculars provide once classes get into full swing.

Speaking of classes, don’t take this choice lightly. Granted, you have to take physics, chemistry, and math, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t discover something new in the one open space in your schedule. Take a class in a subject you’re not familiar with. Who knows, maybe you’ll become the leading authority on that subject in twenty years.

For most of you, this is your first taste of true independence. You have the ability, and the privilege, to make your own life choices. Relish it. Good luck.